American Experience

Season 18 Episode 1

Two Days in October

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2005 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • The major focus of the student protest was the on-campus presence of job recruiters from Dow Chemical, a major manufacturer of napalm.

  • Quotes

    • Mike Troyer (former US soldier): Everyone told us "charley" was afraid of us. You get to think you are invulnerable...maybe.

  • Notes

    • This 90 minute episode is based on a David Maraniss book titled They Marched Into Sunlight. It is told entirely in the voices of students, faculty, police, and soldiers (including Viet Cong military) of the time, without narration. The original broadcast is uncensored and carries a viewer discretion warning.

    • This episode won an Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.

  • Allusions